R (on the application of Harris) v Secretary of State for Justice

Prison – Prison conditions. The claimant prisoner serving a life sentence for murder sought judicial review of the defendant Secretary of State's refusal to move him to open conditions, following the parole board's recommendation for such move. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the Secretary of State had been entitled to reach a different conclusion from the parole board and that his reasons for doing so had been sufficient. Further, R (on the application of Evans) v Her Majesty's Attorney General ([2014] 3 All ER 682) had not changed the context for reviewing the Secretary of State's decision, which had passed the applicable test.

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